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Measuring terrestrial area of habitat (AOH) and its utility for the IUCN Red List

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Brooks, TM, Pimm, SL, Akcakaya, HR, Buchanan, GM, Butchart, SHM, Foden, W, Hilton-Taylor, C, Hoffmann, M, Jenkins, CN, Joppa, L, Li, BV, Menon, V, Ocampo-Penuela, N and Rondinini, C 2019 , 'Measuring terrestrial area of habitat (AOH) and its utility for the IUCN Red List' , Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 34, no. 11 , pp. 977-986 , doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.06.009.

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Abstract

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species includes assessment of extinction risk for 98 512 species, plus documentation of their range, habitat, elevation, and other factors. These range, habitat and elevation data can be matched with terrestrial land cover and elevation datasets to map the species' area of habitat (AOH; also known as extent of suitable habitat; ESH). This differs from the two spatial metrics used for assessing extinction risk in the IUCN Red List criteria: extent of occurrence (EOO) and area of occupancy (AOO). AOH can guide conservation, for example, through targeting areas for field surveys, assessing proportions of specie' habitat within protected areas, and monitoring habitat loss and fragmentation. We recommend that IUCN Red List assessments document AOH wherever practical.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Brooks, TM and Pimm, SL and Akcakaya, HR and Buchanan, GM and Butchart, SHM and Foden, W and Hilton-Taylor, C and Hoffmann, M and Jenkins, CN and Joppa, L and Li, BV and Menon, V and Ocampo-Penuela, N and Rondinini, C
Keywords: IUCN Red List, area of habitat, extent of suitable habitat, range, extent of occurrence, area of occupancy
Journal or Publication Title: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publisher: Elsevier Science London
ISSN: 0169-5347
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.06.009
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